China University of Geosciences

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Coordinates: 30°31′18″N 114°24′00″E / 30.52167°N 114.40000°E / 30.52167; 114.40000

China University of Geosciences
China University of Geosciences
Former names
Beijing Institute of Geology
Hubei College of Geology
Wuhan College of Geology
Motto 艰苦朴素 求真务实
Motto in English
Being austere and simple, keeping on practice and acting for truth
Type National Public
Established 1952
Chairman He Guangcai (何光彩)
President Wang Yanxin (王焰新)
Location Wuhan,  People's Republic of China
Campus Urban
Nickname Dì Dà (地大)
Affiliations Project 211

The China University of Geosciences (simplified Chinese: 中国地质大学(武汉); traditional Chinese: 中國地質大學(武漢); pinyin: Zhōngguó Dìzhì Dàxué (Wǔhàn); abbreviated 地大 or CUG) is a key national university directly under the administration of the Education Ministry of the People's Republic of China. It is located in Wuhan, the capital of Central China's Hubei Province.[1] It is a Chinese Ministry of Education Double First Class Discipline University, with Double First Class status in certain disciplines.[2]

It is regarded as a top university specialized in geosciences in China and exerts considerable influence within the Chinese mining and oil industry. Its notable alumni include Wen Jiabao, the Premier of China's State Council, who attended the China University of Geosciences when it was known as the Beijing Institute of Geology (BIG). The motto "Being austere and simple, keeping on practice and acting for truth." is from him.[1]

Another school had same name called China University of Geosciences (Beijing), located in Beijing.


Main Campus[edit]

The Main Campus of CUG is located in No. 388 Lumo Road, Wuhan, with a scenic view and a large campus area. It has a larger annual enrollment and provides more available majors other than geosciences.[1] Its Yifu Museum (donated by Sir Run Run Shaw) is known for housing China’s top ranked displays of dinosaur fossils, mineral and rock specimens.

New Campus[edit]

The New Campus of CUG was builted in the Future technology city of Wuhan.[3]



The history of China University of Geosciences dates back to Beijing Institute of Geology (BIG; simplified Chinese: 北京地质学院; traditional Chinese: 北京地質學院; pinyin: Běijīng Dìzhì Xuéyuàn) which was a merger of the geology departments of Tsinghua University, Peking University, Tianjin University and Tangshan Railway College in 1952. It was among China's first 16 key universities back in the 1950s. The university suspended operations from 1966-1970 due to the Cultural Revolution.


In 1970, the school reopened in Jiangling County, Hubei Province as Hubei College of Geology (simplified Chinese: 湖北地质学院; traditional Chinese: 湖北地質學院; pinyin: Húběi Dìzhì Xuéyuàn).[4]


In 1975 the campus was moved to Wuhan, and the school was renamed Wuhan College of Geology (WCG; simplified Chinese: 武汉地质学院; traditional Chinese: 武漢地質學院; pinyin: Wǔhàn Dìzhì Xuéyuàn). In 1978 BIG reopened in Beijing with the help of Deng Xiaoping. In 1986 the Chinese Government ratified the foundation of the Beijing Graduate School of WCG. It was ranked as one of the first 33 Graduate Schools nationwide.


Later in 1987, WCG was renamed China University of Geosciences, and its branch campus in Beijing was renamed the Beijing Graduate School of China University of Geosciences. In 2005, the two campuses in Wuhan and Beijing were renamed China University of Geosciences (CUG) and China University of Geosciences (Beijing) (CUGB), respectively. The Ministry of Education still considers the two campuses as a single university. CUG is among the first batch of 15 universities in project 211 for Higher Education.[1]

Schools and faculties[edit]


National-level laboratories[edit]

Provincial or ministerial-level laboratories[edit]

  • Key Laboratory of Tectonics and Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Education
  • Three Gorges Research Center for Geohazards, Ministry of Education
  • Key Laboratory of legal evaluation engineering of Ministry of land and resources
  • Engineering Research Center for nano mineral materials and applications, Ministry of Education

Field Training Centers[edit]


  • Earth Science (in Chinese, ISSN: 1000-2383; Ei Compendex)
  • Journal of Earth Science (in English, ISSN: 1674-487X; SCIE)

Image gallery[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "History of Chine University of Geosciences".
  2. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".
  3. ^ "Introduction of New campus, CUG".
  4. ^ (in English) History Review of China University of Geosciences Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Introduction of GPMR, CUG (in Chinese)".
  6. ^ "Introduction of BGEG, CUG".
  7. ^ "Introduction of National Engineering Research Center for GIS, CUG".

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